(Jan. 18, 2013) Painters, photographers and sculptors will be among the approximately 90 exhibitors presenting and selling their wares this weekend at the Ocean City convention center as part of the 28th annual Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival and its sister event, the 26th annual North American Craft Show.
Both are juried events, according to organizer Donald Hastings, owner of Donald’s Duck Shoppe & Gallery in the Gold Coast Mall on 115th Street, meaning artists’ work must meet specific criteria and a standard of quality and originality to be accepted. Artisans must personally create their own product.
Hastings said the events, billed as “two great shows under one roof,” complement each other well. Offering an assortment of media, the shows appeal to a variety of people, he said. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase art pieces and crafts that they won’t find in a store, for all price ranges.
“Both shows have very creative people,” Hastings said.
Featured in the art festival will be the work of nautical and wildlife painters, sculptors, photographers, carvers, model ship builders and multimedia artists. It truly is “the art of the wild, the excitement of the sea,” Hastings said.
The art festival will showcase the work of approximately 40 artists.
“Anyone who knows anything about that artist will know their work because it is very unique to that person,” Hastings said. “If you see a piece, you know they created it.”
Artists whose work does not fit in with the nautical or wildlife theme will display their pieces in the craft show. Featured wares include photography, paintings, sculptures, leather goods, home decor, candles, furniture, jewelry and music.
The craft show will feature approximately 50 “imaginative and creative” vendors, Hastings said.
Maryland artists and crafters are scheduled to attend, but most will travel to Ocean City from 13 other states. While there are some newcomers this year, Hastings said at least 80 percent have participated in the event for many years, especially in the art festival. Most of those artists have developed a following and customers come back each January to see what new items they have to offer. More than 5,000 people attend the event annually, Hastings said.
Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 with AARP card. For students ages 13-17, admission costs $4. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paid adult admission.
Receive $1 off admission with the event advertisement, which can be found in this issue of Ocean City Today.
A $300 shopping spree at Donald’s Duck Shoppe will be given away to one visitor. Pianist Tim Hofman is scheduled to perform and Frank Nanna will play bluegrass music on his stringed instruments this weekend. For more information, call 410-524-9177.